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Monday, January 9, 2023


When I go to the grocery store, I usually buy the worst fruits and oldest vegetables. If I see something good, I take it off to find something bad. I buy the worst ones, because I feel very sorry [laughing, laughter throughout story] for the worst ones. This is habit, you know, and I pay the same amount of money. So, at the store they are interested in my way of buying. “Why don't you take this one? This one is better,” they say. “No, I want to buy this one.” And they say, “Why? Why?” I will say, “I don't know why.” And I amuse myself, with my habit. —Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-06-B - as found on edited by PF. Go to for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.